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    cuckoo clocks and repairs?

    Does any one work on these clocks, for fun or profit? I am looking for books to read on repairs. Any suggestions?

    I stumbled into this hobby by accident a few weeks ago. Found an old clock I had forgot about. The 'shop' wanted an 'estimated' $250 to fix it. It isn't an antique and had no sentimental value, so I tore into it. The best way to describe a cuckoo clock's workings would be 'complicatingly simple'!

    I did fix it, (re-thread the chains, replaced bellows, replaced trip wires, replaced the hands, fixed the cuckoo's beak) and now I am hooked! I want to read up on the subject.

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    Thanks for reminding me. My deceased father-in-law gave my wife a little one years ago that I need to get going again. I found this http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Cuckoo-C...item5661d1ccad
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    If you are anticipating doing other "movement" clocks as well, check on these sources:

    Klockit - up in that frozen tundra, Michigan, and

    Emperor Clocks - both have web sites.

    I have built wood clocks (not cuckoo's though) for many years. I have used both of these for sources - parts and kits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmylee View Post
    If you are anticipating doing other "movement" clocks as well, check on these sources:

    Klockit - up in that frozen tundra, Michigan, and

    Emperor Clocks - both have web sites.

    I have built wood clocks (not cuckoo's though) for many years. I have used both of these for sources - parts and kits.
    Thanks for the tip on Emperor Clocks. I got a Grandfather clock kit from them in 1973 (pure walnut). After I ordered the kit, they offered to assemble and refinish it for me for $69. The delivered cost of the finished clock was $253.00 (kit is now $989 in Adler and Oak). I suspect they had excess inventory of finished clocks. They were located in Fairhope, Alabama and I found out they were no longer there. I thought they had gone out of business. I was happy to learn they relocated to Amherst, Va. and are still in the clock business. http://www.emperorclock.com/index.php
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